ATS interrogated Pune girl ‘radicalised’ by ISIS


Pune: According to report, 16-year-old Muslim girl of Pune who was radicalized by her ISIS contacts abroad and brain-washed to go to Syria.

An Anti Terrorist Squad officer said that after interrogation, she was sent to a de-radicalisation programme with the help of her family members and community religious leaders, who are fully conducting the operation.

According to the officer, the girl is the student of class XI who is studying in a city college.

“The girl was interrogated by the ATS last week after monitoring her movements for many days on getting information about her. The interrogation of the girl revealed that she was ready to departure to any extent to carry out the ISIS directive,” Pune ATS officer Bhanupratap Barge said.

The minor girl, according to the Anti Terrorist Squad, got attracted to the ISIS ideology after watching a documentary on television and subsequently started regularly monitoring news on Al Jazeera channel.

“Later, she used the internet to get information with ISIS contacts and got in touch with about 200 young persons from different countries. Her interrogation revealed that she was told to come to Syria for medical education and for further initiation,” Barge said.

He said that the girl, who is highly intelligent, had recently changed her lifestyle and started wearing burqa, giving up jeans she used to wear before her exposure to the ISIS contacts.

Barge said the de-radicalisation programme of the ATS with the help of community clergy and family members was “working” for the girl with encouraging results